The Eastport South Manor School District has appointed a principal to take the helm at a new $25 million elementary school that is still being built on Tuttle Avenue in Eastport.
District officials have confirmed that Karen Koliadko, the current assistant principal at neighboring Eastport Elementary School, will oversee the kindergarten through second grade school once it opens to students either late this year or in early 2014—several months later than originally planned due to construction delays.
The appointment, which was unanimously approved by Board of Education members earlier this month, will take effect on July 1, 2013.
“She has proven herself this year to be the epitome of professionalism,” Schools Superintendent Mark Nocero said. “She has a strong background in literacy and early childhood education, and she has earned the respect of teachers, students and parents. I think she is going to be an excellent leader of this brand new building.”
Ms. Koliadko, who has been working for ESM since June 2012, said this week that she is excited to be a part of the new school.
“I am very excited to have been appointed as principal of the Tuttle Avenue School,” she said. “I am looking forward to continuing to work with the Eastport South Manor School District.”
Ms. Koliadko had previously served as principal at the Harley Avenue Primary School, a K-2 building in the Elwood Union Free School District. She is budgeted to earn $134,000 next year, an increase from her current year salary of $115,000. According to Mr. Nocero, the increase comes with the promotion from assistant principal to principal.
The approximately $25 million K-2 school is being funded through a $60 million bond from 2009 that also paid for renovations to the Dayton Avenue and South Street elementary schools. The 60,000-square-foot, two-story building, which is being built just to the north of the Eastport Elementary School on Tuttle Avenue, will feature two wings. The first story will be dedicated to kindergarten students currently attending Eastport Elementary School, while the second story will house the school’s first- and second-graders. Mr. Nocero said the new building will feature approximately 25 classrooms and can accommodate approximately 450 students.
Wiedersum Associates Architects of Hauppauge is the lead architect on the project and construction is being carried out by the Triton Construction Company, which has offices in Garden City.
Mr. Nocero explained that at the time of her hiring, Ms. Koliadko was told that she would have the chance to lead the new school if she performed well.
He also confirmed that the new school will not be ready for students in September, as previously hoped, noting that the opening has been pushed back to either December or January or possibly even February. He added that until the new building is completed, Ms. Koliadko will continue to work with Eastport Elementary School Principal Sal Alaimo, and focus on the needs of students during the transition period.